The Problem with Open Source - Part II
The recent Heartbleed problems (see Heartbleed coder admits 'oversight' but backs open source), only cast a bad shadow on open-source software. Every time anyone points out problems with open-source software, its proponents get over-emotional and begin attacking Microsoft's products as if that helps solve or overcome open-source software's problems. Instead, they should acknowledge problems and suggest solutions. Like someone said, it took over 2 years for the problem to be discovered. In my view, the person who "screwed-up" here should be discouraged from ever participating in future updates. Further, the open-source industry should be thinking of ways to make sure that such a thing doesn't occur again. Before that happens, one should be careful using open-source software as problems will most probably arise again.